6 May 2013 - A top wind trade group said Monday that it’s crafting a long-term policy plan that it plans to take to tax-writing committees in the House and the Senate.
The proposal will include “a number of scenarios or strategies,” incoming American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan said at the organization’s annual conference in Chicago. AWEA officials will embark on a road show of sorts to get input from industry stakeholders before finalizing a proposal.
But a gradual phase out of a key industry tax incentive floated by AWEA in December is not necessarily the organization’s top option, Kiernan said. read more>>>
May 6, 2013 - At Monday’s American Wind Energy Association conference in Chicago, leaders of the newly-formed Michigan Energy and Technology Center (METC) announced their multi-faceted plan to generate economic activity in the Great Lakes State.
METC is a consortium comprised of officials from Michigan State University, the Grand Rapids sustainable energy construction firm Rockford Berge, Consumers Energy and other Michigan-based clean technology and services companies. read more>>>
6 May 2013 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned yesterday that in the quest for binding international emissions targets to fight global warming, doing nothing is “not an option”.
“I’m under no illusion that there is a long road ahead,” Merkel said about efforts to reverse global warming, melting ice caps and rising seas.
However, she warned at a climate conference in Berlin that “doing nothing only means that it will get a whole lot more expensive”. read more>>>
May 08, 2013 - Germany and France want to make Europe a “pioneer continent” for the expansion of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, the countries’ environment ministers said.
The nations are together developing a project related to the energy switch, German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier told reporters today in Berlin at a joint briefing with his counterpart Delphine Batho. He didn’t give details. read more>>>
05/07/2013 - For the first time since the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline disaster, the California Public Utilities Commission appears poised to step up and do the right thing.
The PUC's staff recommended Monday that PG&E pay a whopping $2.25 billion penalty for its role in the explosion and that shareholders should pay those costs. The proposed penalty is nearly identical to the amount Overland Consulting, in a 2011 audit, indicated PG&E could absorb without impacting ratepayers.
The proposal is subject to a final vote by the five PUC commissioners, and given PUC President Michael Peevey's cozy relationship with PG&E, anything remains possible. read more>>>
The world looks to L.A. for ways to reduce pollution, Villaraigosa says at a ports conference. He cites a modernization of the Port of L.A. and the state's tough emissions law.
May 7, 2013 - California ports are going green.
In a speech at the 28th World Ports Conference on Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the city's port is at the forefront of pushing for clean energy alternatives and reducing pollution.
The conference, which kicked off Tuesday in Los Angeles, attracted port officials from around the world to discuss issues such as climate change, piracy and other problems affecting ships and the ports where they dock.
Greening ports was at the top of many minds. read more>>>
May 7, 2013 - The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership has started a virtual business incubator to help companies launch new clean energy technologies.
The partnership, an organization affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology that promotes manufacturing, said today the new program will offer companies help with strategic planning, technical training, mentoring and partnerships. read more>>>
May 7th, 2013 - Clean energy investment is booming in Latin America with a huge US$4.6 billion recorded in 2012, signalling the region’s potential to lead the global clean revolution.
The investment is a 127% increase on 2011, according to data that has been released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) ahead of this week’s Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Latin America and Caribbean in Miami.
Latin America’s clean energy finance growth is led by the following countries: read more>>>